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July 12, 2020

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There has been considerable debate over how the Moon was formed. The popular hypothesis contends that the Moon was formed by ...

Scientists Provide New Explanation for the Far Side of the Moon's Strange Asymmetry

The Earth-Moon system's history remains mysterious. Scientists believe the two formed when a Mars-sized body collided with the proto-Earth. Earth ...

SwRI Scientists Demonstrate Speed, Precision of in Situ Planetary Dating Device

Scientists have increased the speed and accuracy of a laboratory-scale instrument for determining the age of planetary specimens onsite. The team is ...

First Global Map of Rockfalls on the Moon

A research team counted over 136,000 rockfalls on the moon caused by asteroid impacts. Even billions of years old landscapes are still ...
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Ice on Lunar South Pole May Have More Than One Source

New research sheds light on the ages of ice deposits reported in the area of the Moon's south pole -- information that could help identify the sources of the deposits and help in planning future ...

Hints of a Volcanically Active Exo-Moon

A rocky extrasolar moon (exomoon) with bubbling lava may orbit a planet 550 light-years away from us. This is suggested by an international team of researchers on the basis of theoretical predictions ...

Enabling Longer Space Missions

The Hall thruster is a propulsion system that is often used by spacecraft engaged in longer missions. A recent study has shown how the operating lives of these systems can be further ...

Moon Glows Brighter Than Sun in Images from NASA's Fermi

If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space for the past ...

The Moon Is Older Than Previously Believed

Fifty years after the first landing on the Moon, scientists have combined new geochemical information to determine the Moon's age using samples from different Apollo ...

Inside Dark, Polar Moon Craters, Water Not as Invincible as Expected, Scientists Argue

The Moon's south pole region is home to some of the most extreme environments in the solar system: it's unimaginably cold, massively cratered, and has areas that are either constantly ...

Flying the Final Approach to Tranquility Base, the Moon

Why did Neil Armstrong take over and fly the first lunar landing manually? A stunning recreated video shows what he saw out his ...

Modeling Early Meteorite Impacts on the Moon

A detailed reconstruction of meteorite impacts resolves a longstanding problem and gives new insight into how the moon ...

Sun's History Found Buried in Moon's Crust

The Sun's rotation rate in its first billion years is unknown. Yet, this spin rate affected solar eruptions, influencing the evolution of life. Scientists think they've figured it out by ...

Mass Anomaly Detected Under the Moon's Largest Crater

A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the asteroid that ...

Water Formation on the Moon Demonstrated

A new study has shown chemical, physical, and material evidence for water formation on the ...

Giant Impact Caused Difference Between Moon's Hemispheres

The stark difference between the Moon's heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades. Now, new evidence about the ...

Shrinking Moon May Be Generating Moonquakes

A new analysis suggests that the moon is actively shrinking and producing moonquakes along thousands of cliffs called thrust faults spread over the moon's surface. The faults are likely the ...

The Space Rock That Hit the Moon at 61,000 Kilometers an Hour

Observers watching January's total eclipse of the Moon saw a rare event, a short-lived flash as a meteorite hit the lunar surface. Astronomers now think the space rock collided with the moon at ...

Magma Is the Key to the Moon's Makeup

For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how Earth's moon formed. Now researchers say they may have the ...

NASA's InSight Detects First Likely 'Quake' on Mars

NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely 'marsquake'. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the ...

Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water from Moon

Streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor, according to researchers using data from NASA's LADEE spacecraft. The findings will help ...

Calculating Temperature Inside Moon to Help Reveal Its Inner Structure

Little is known about the inner structure of the Moon, but a major step forward was made by a scientist who conducted experiments that enabled her to determine the temperature at the boundary of the ...

LAMP Instrument Sheds Light on Lunar Water Movement

Using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), scientists have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon. A paper describes ...

Ingredients for Water Could Be Made on Surface of Moon, a Chemical Factory

When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the moon's surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the moon's surface ...

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